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A Diary of Chopper's Adventures while Growing up

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The Summer of Chewing.....

July 12th 2006 9:43 am
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July has been an interesing month. It started with me licking the toads that often appear in our yard. I didn't like licking the toad very much, and Dad had to come outside and wash my entire head with water. I have discovered the yard water sprinkler. If I time it just right, I can get my teeth on it just before it entirely douses me with water. Yesterday, Mom left her underwear on the bed, and I promptly retrieved it and brought it to the living room. She wasn't pleased..........To get rid of all my excess puppy energy, I occassionally go to Doggy Day Care. I go to a really nice place and they treat me like royalty. I get to go swim in their pool and get lots of playtime. They put me in with the large breed dogs, because I like to run with the "big dogs" even though I am only 70 pounds. I am totally exhausted at the end of the day, which appears to please Mom & Dad. Well, I must find something else to chew now, in order to keep Mom & Dad on their toes.


Fall Arrives and No Shoes are Safe!

October 19th 2006 4:47 pm
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Chopper is maturing into a healthy, active boy with teeth that are forever searching for a target. His favorite shoes are Dock Siders----Daddy's shoes. He loves to take one and run outside with it. This will then start an immediate game of chase. Our neighbors all know our dog's name---Since we are usually yelling it at the top of our lungs---"Chopper, bring that shoe back!". Well, he usually brings it back in a little worse shape, but still intact. Mommy thinks this is all funny, until Chopper starts eyeing her Land's End shoes. Now, all shoes are placed in the closet and at a very high level!


Halloween and My Birthday

November 11th 2006 11:17 am
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Halloween was very exciting. We had lots of people visit our house. I greeted all the visitors & loved sticking my head inside their bags of food---but they didn't have any milkbones in there....My Aunt Maureen sent my birthday gift---a football and a Frisbee. I just adore the frisbee---I can even whirl it in the air and catch it by myself. I don't even need mom or dad to help. Well, Daddy carved a pumpkin in my likeness and all the kids loved it. Mom put the picture of the pumpkin on my website. Mom is scheduling my appointment with Santa Claus at the local Humane Society. I have to think about what I want to ask for Christmas, since I have been extremely good this Year! Bye for now---I have to go play .


Christmas Time is Near

December 17th 2006 1:40 pm
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Mommy & Daddy took me & Ivy to Meet Santa Claus. Since I have been such a good boy this year, I had my list all ready for Santa. Let's see: Booda Bone, Tuffy Toy Rumba Ring, Tennis Balls, Tuffy Toy Fish, and treats ( of course!). My little sister has also been good, but she kept trying to pull Santa's Beard off of his face.....The people at Petsmart said we were cute and we just kept posing for them...Oh well, I can't wait for Santa to visit our house. The Tree is up and our Stockings are hung. Mom got me an extra big stocking!


One Year Today

February 23rd 2007 6:35 am
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One year ago today Chopper joined us. It hasn't been an easy year in many respects. Chopper had a lot of allergies and illnes and has required a lot of care. He is still a daily medical and (medical bill) challenge but he is much healthier than he was. His destructive behavior has subsided some and he does much better now when left "alone". We lost Carol's mom in August 2006 and added Ivy to our family. I think that's helped him some, having a little buddy. He is very attached to Ivy. When we first got him he followed me to every room every time I moved and wouldn't go outside unless someone went with him. He has gained confidence and now often spends time in another room and can even manage to lay still when I leave a room. So his improvement has been remarkable. He is about to endure his next challenge as I get ready to return to "going" to work. We expect that he will rise to this challenge as he has the other challenges this past year. "Welcome home boy."


MOST Photogenic Pet in St. Louis

May 22nd 2007 5:10 pm
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Hot off the presses. Chopper and Ivy won most photogenic in the St. Louie tails Magazine contest for April 2007. The "Sleeping in the Sun" picture was a winner!!!!!!! Chopper (Bubby for short) and Ivy love the sunbeams that flow in our bedroom window in the morning. They actually fight over the sun---but have jointly decided to now just share the sun...... What a pair!


Hot Hot Summer, Long Walks, and Meeting new friends

September 3rd 2007 4:01 pm
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Summer is finally ending. Dad takes me for my morning walks very early since it is so hot and Mom takes me late at night.... Sometimes I have to take a break. We are practicing for the Dog Walk coming up givenby our local Humane Society. Aunt Bonnie brought over a playmate for me--Victor. Victor is a rescue and he has had a rough time. Someone broke his legs and he had to have surgery. I am working hard to try to show him that it is okay for us big dogs to play ball, chase the ball, and play rough. We played for several hours. I was sorry to see him go.. His mom said he slept all nite!


Christmas in downtown historic St. Charles

December 28th 2007 6:27 am
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Ivy & Chopper spent their shopping time in downtown historic St. Charles. They got to meet Saint Nicholas, The Sugar Plum Fairy, The revellers, the people single Christmas Carols, Frontier Santa, and many other people. People stopped to pet Ivy & Chopper and they adored the attention. And as if it couldn't get any better, it started to snow!! ...Ivy and Chopper wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.


Springtime and Bully Bash

May 20th 2008 7:32 pm
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Well, Spring is finally here. Mom & Dad took me to the annual Bully Bash where some of my Pit bull buddies got together to have a meet up.....One of my buddies actually passed his CGC ( Canine Good Citizenship) test and got a medal.... Daddy won a contest to guess the correct Dog Breed and won us a new Drinking bowl and some play toys... Good Dad! Mommy took pictures of me and the River City Rascal mascot. I got to greet a whole bunch of dogs. Some had their own t-shirts and some had Cardinal shirts and hats on. Dad put a yellow scarf around my neck for the event. Mom----how about a shirt or a hat next time? Bark in the Park is coming up...Can't wait for that-over 2000 dogs will be there.
Signing off for now---Choppy.


Chopper was in a Parade!

July 18th 2008 9:11 am
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Choppy got the call Friday nite. Canine CookiesnCreme had An entry float in the 4th of July Parade and they needed dogs to walk with the float....Say no more...With beads, beach balls, and dog bones in hand---Daddy and Choppy walked the 4 mile parade route and had a blast. The float WON for best crowd appeal..Towards the end, Daddy was pouring water over Choppy to keep him coolled off. Every time the parade hit a shady spot, everyone laid down for a quick break....Choppy even got to ride on the float for a short while.....How exciting.....

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